The OM3 was introduced in 1983 along with the OM4. The It was a fully mechanical camera introduced as an upgrade to the OM1. The OM4 was introduced as an upgrade to the electromechanically controlled OM2. Both cameras had sophisticated center weighted and multi spot metering. The OM4 enjoyed great success with a production run of 1983 to 87 when it was upgraded to the OM4 T/Ti which remained in production until 2002. There was much less demand for the mechanical OM3 principally because the OM1n was still in production and those wanting a mechanical camera could by that for much less money. It’s original production run was 1983 to 1986 returning as the OM3 T/Ti from 1995 to 2002. Roughly 4.5 times as many OM4s were sold as compared to OM3s.

Consequently today OM3s are by far the most expensive OM camera due to their scarcity. The cameras are normally well outside my price range but this one popped up on eBay from a local seller for a much lower price because of it’s looks! It’s brassed, battered & bruised but still working perfectly and has a purchase and service history. I was very happy to get it!